September 2022
Harold Collard, MD, MS Appointed as New Vice Chancellor for Research
Dear Research Community,
One of my top priorities as UCSF’s new vice chancellor for Research is to communicate with you about our research activities as effectively and efficiently as possible. I will be working with my communications team in the Office of Research to implement a comprehensive communications plan. Part of this will be a regular, high-value email newsletter like ReSearch ReSource.

ReSearch ReSource has been a central part of the Office of Research communications strategy for the last several years; its goal has been to consolidate email communications regarding research activities into one place so that readers like you know when and where to look for updates. My aim is that we will continue to provide an informative, easy to navigate, and engaging communication tool for UCSF’s research community.

If you have ideas for ReSearch ReSource or communications strategies more broadly, please email me and my communications team at [email protected].

Harold R. Collard, MD, MS
Vice Chancellor, Research
Professor of Medicine and Health Policy
UCSF Task Force on Equity & Anti-Racism in Research Final Report
The full and final report of the UCSF Task Force on Equity & Anti-Racism in Research is now available. As written in the July 2022 installment of Expresso, this important report includes the four key recommendations that UCSF will adopt now: 1) establish a system of accountability on anti-racism and equity for the UCSF research enterprise, 2) promote and support UCSF anti-racism scholarship, 3) create and support a more diverse UCSF research workforce, and 4) promote and support community-engaged research. Associate Vice Chancellor for Research – Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti Racism Tung Nguyen invites the UCSF community to read the entire report and provide feedback via this online form.
Tung Nguyen, MD Appointed to New Research DEI Anti-Racism Role
Tung Nguyen, MD was named as the inaugural associate vice chancellor for Research – Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism (AVC Research – IDEA). This inaugural leadership role is designed to ensure that IDEA are embedded throughout the UCSF research enterprise toward developing an environment that proactively addresses racism and all aspects of inequity and discrimination.

Reporting to Vice Chancellor for Research Harold R. Collard with a dotted line to Chief Diversity Officer Renée Navarro, Dr. Nguyen will work closely with the research deans in the schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy as well as the Graduate Division to build on the 2021 recommendations made by the Office of Research Task Force on Equity and Anti-Racism in Research. more >>
Elizabeth Boyd, PhD Named Director of UC BRAID
Elizabeth Boyd, PhD has been appointed director of University of California Biomedical Research Acceleration Integration & Development (UC BRAID), effective September 19, 2022. Dr. Boyd has supported UC BRAID as strategic development advisor since 2021; in that role she guided the implementation of UC BRAID’s strategic plan for the 2022-23 fiscal year.

UC BRAID, a consortium of UC campuses - Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco - has as its core mission to support and facilitate multi-site clinical and translational research through the development of innovative processes, tools, and connections.

Dr. Boyd will work closely with UCSF’s associate vice chancellor for Clinical Research (AVC-CR), who serves as UC BRAID Executive Committee Chair. She will also collaborate with the CTSA principal investigators and chief administrative officers from the aforementioned UC campuses and will focus on projects that help reduce administrative and other barriers to clinical and translational research. “I am passionate about UC BRAID and committed to leading the program through the implementation of its new strategic plan and beyond,” says Dr. Boyd.

Having held several executive leadership positions both within the UC system and at the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, including previously serving as the associate vice chancellor for Ethics and Compliance at UCSF, Dr. Boyd brings extensive experience to her new role in building and improving research operational processes and creating ways for faculty to better and more efficiently achieve their research goals. Dr. Boyd also was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF and was adjunct assistant and associate professor in the departments of Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy and Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Nursing.
Master Agreements Reflect Rise in Industry Partnerships, Clinical Trial Activation Efficiency
In 2022, Jim Kiriakis, executive director of UCSF Industry Contracts, and his colleagues reported a significant accomplishment of 14 new master agreements (view list in Box) that facilitate partnerships with industry. Sponsors include Johnson & Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly and Company, and Stryker Corporation. These master agreements are a time-saving process innovation that will improve clinical trial and basic research activation efficiency. more>>
UCSF Now a Member of the Qualitative Data Repository
We are pleased to announce that, thanks to funding from the UCSF Library, UCSF is now an institutional member of the Qualitative Data Repository. The Qualitative Data Repository (QDR) is a dedicated archive for storing and sharing data (and accompanying documentation) that is generated or collected through qualitative and mixed-method research in the social sciences and related disciplines. UCSF researchers can use QDR to discover qualitative data for secondary research, and to share their own research data to satisfy publisher and funder data sharing requirements, including the new NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy.
Profiles Hotlist
September 19-23 | campus
Celebrate UCSF postdocs all week and all year! This week's special events include professional headshots, a hike, a film screening, social snack gatherings, and two lunch opportunities with Dean Nicquet Blake. And free fitness center access for postdocs all week!

September 20, 1 p.m. | HSW-300 and via Zoom
Kyle Loh, PhD, assistant professor and DiGenova Faculty Scholar at Stanford University, will present "Roadmap to generate human cells from pluripotent stem cells."

September 20, talk 4-5 p.m., 5-6 p.m. reception | Byers Auditorium and via Zoom
Attend a special seminar with the Computational Cancer Community guest speaker Regina Barzilay, PhD, MIT School of Engineering Distinguished Professor for AI and Health in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science to hear how research is utilizing cancer data to derive critical insights for patient care.

September 21, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Webcast
An update from the NSABB working group to review and evaluate Potential Pandemic Care and Oversight policy and stakeholder engagement on topics related to the US Government policies for the Oversight of Dual Use Research of Concern will be discussed. Meeting materials and information are now available.

September 22, noon - 1:15 p.m. | Zoom
Please join this virtual event where UCSF leaders will discuss updates from UCSF's Anti-Racism Initiative. Guest speaker Tricia Rose, PhD, Brown University joins Renée Navarro, MD, PharmD, Erin Gore, MPA, and Elizabeth Ozer, PhD, who will present and answer questions.

In January 2023, NIH will be implementing a new Data Management and Sharing Policy. This policy will require all NIH researchers to prospectively plan for how their scientific data will be preserved and shared through submission of Data Management and Sharing Plan. Learn how this policy will impact you by attending an upcoming class (register here) led by UCSF Data Services Librarian Ariel Deardorff. Ariel will provide an overview of data management plans (DMPs), dive deep into the new NIH requirements, and share local resources and tools to help you work reproducible data sharing into your research workflow.
Funding Updates
The Resource Allocation Program (RAP) manages the dissemination, submission, review, and award of various intramural funding opportunities. The Fall 2022 Funding Cycle is now open! Deadline: September 26, 2 p.m.

The Catalyst Awards application window is now open for UCSF Investigators developing therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices, digital health technologies, and biotools. Apply today for up to $100K and industry advisor mentorship. Deadline: September 26.

Designed for doctoral students, professional students, and postdocs, the GloCal Health Fellowship is a 12-month, mentored research fellowship for investigators interested in studying diseases and conditions in developing countries. This program is sponsored by the NIH Fogarty International Center and supports fellows from all 10 UC campuses and 20 affiliated low- and middle-income country sites. Deadline: November 1.
NIH Updates

Policy and Guidance:
  • Reminder: is scheduled to be down from September 23 at 12:01 AM ET to September 29 at 11:59 PM ET. NIH and AHRQ due dates that fall on or between September 22-30 will move to October 3.
  • New FORMS-H will be added to NIH/AHRQ/FDA FOAs October 25-November 25! Learn about the form changes that may affect your competing application due on or after January 25, 2023.
  • Alert: National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has released specific information regarding NHGRI implementation of the NIH policy on the acceptance for review of unsolicited applications that request $500,000 or more in direct costs in a single year.
  • Learn more about the implementation of changes for Genomic Data Sharing Plans commencing with applications for due dates on or after January 25, 2023. Plans for sharing genomic data per the GDS policy will no longer be required at Just-in-Time.
Operations, Training, and Tools
New consent forms must follow the currently posted templates, which were updated in May 2022. Studies will be sent back if they include a new consent form on an old template.

September 21, 1-3 p.m. | Zoom
UCSF Research manager Saiqa Anne Qureshi, PhD, MBA will review common engagement activities and staffing structures and give an overview of the payment process. All are welcome and there will be sufficient time for questions.
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